Shut-ins and the Colony Underwrought (Re)Works (2015)
"Lucas Dix has established himself quickly in the past year or so as an artist with some interesting creative vision, and Underwrought (Re)Works is just a continuation of that. It's fun, it's thoughtful, and it's beautiful. It's not always perfect from start to finish, but it's always trying different ideas and new angles, and even its flaws are intriguing." -Chi Chi
"There's no mistaking the sarcasm of the title of the closer "Baby, Party On (Recession Proof)" but there's also no mistaking the clever metaphors woven into the lyrics, with "spiders in my backyard weaving dreamcatchers" making you clearly visualize what's being spit about. At the end of the day that's the hallmark of a good rap song, whether it's about Compton or Portland. "Overwrought (Re)Works" may be too dour for some and too sour for others, but there's a countercultural (dare I say "millenial hipster") aesthetic to it that works quite well."
Diving Lessons (2014)
"It is one of those albums that you won't want to put down and move onto the next thing, which is a common happening with the ever growing popularity of hip hop. You will want to listen to it over and over, learn the lyrics from beginning to end, and sing along. That's where I'm at with it." -Tiffology, who did a track by track review of the album.
"Saturated with real life stories and relatable metaphors, Diving Lessons is one of the most profound and honest records of 2014." -Tim Althaus
"There is a dark tone to the album, but it's never oppressive, and Acciaioli wants to keep you on your toes, and Dix never wants to wallow in depression. There are other contemporary acts that like to explore the darker side of hip hop, but my problem comes with acts that like to get stuck on that one style and tone. Diving Lessons might open with the ominous "Burn Fast", but it closes with one of the sweetest, most beautiful songs you'll hear this year in "Willow Seed Serenade", and it covers a lot of ground in between. Jellyfish Brigade has a bright future ahead of them, and Diving Lessons is one of the most pleasant surprised of the year." -Chi Chi
"Overall, Diving Lessons is an incredible piece of work. It forgoes using person experience as a simple jumping off board (pun?) for sermons on a collection of morals, and instead focuses on the personal experiences themselves and leaves it up to the listener to take away whatever he/she can find of value...and there's a lot to find of value here. The album works well from both an outside view (watching Dix go through the journey that he does throughout the album) and from an inside view (experiencing the journey alongside Dix throughout the album). Alternatively, thanks in no small part to The Great Mundane, the album works very well as something to simply drift into. It can't really get better than this as far as debut albums are concerned. For now, this is the best project of 2014." -Trylemma
"The relatively fast 36 minutes of "Diving Lessons" do require further reflection, making you dive deeper into each song to figure out Lucas' layers of metaphors and Jeffrey's unorthodox production style. It's not going to make perfect sense after one listen - and it may not after 101 either - but I do know that hip-hop is better for having groups like Jellyfish Brigade in it." - Steve "Flash" Juon
Gills and a Helmet (2011)
"Jeffrey shapes fun, futuristic, emotive beats that are so pleasing to the ears. I'm immediately pulled into the break beat of the drums which range from dusty, boom bap rhythms to hard-hitting pounds that will reach into your soul and make you move. Nod your head while a kaleidoscope of swirling synths, vibrant percussion, glitchy basslines, electronic boops and bleeps, and stuttering vocal samples infiltrate your senses. So dope.
Then, Lucas hopes onto each beat with a cool, relaxed flow while delivering powerful story-telling raps. His lyricism is deeply poetic, abstract at times, and laden with metaphors and imagery that will magically unfold in your head. The way he manipulates words too, man....I love it. You'll find songs that are philosophical, dark, and mysterious, beautiful and uplifting, introspective and more. This man is a talented songwriter and that should not go unrecognized."
Hives Inquiry Squad
"While not a clearly navigable narrative, that passage sweeps colorful post-apocalyptic imagery in through the listener’s ears whether they catch each twist or not. It’s psychedelic rap, and in tandem with a pair of earbuds and Gavin Theory’s woozy, drum-’n’-bass-inspired beats, there’s enough here to trip you the fuck out."
"The lyrical style is acrobatic and joyfully disjointed--think Aesop Rock meets Busta Rhymes--while the subject matter owes far more to the post-apocalyptic claustrophobia found on Funcrusher Plus than to the more ubiquitous ride-or-die ehtos of The Chronic."
Shut-ins and the Colony
Lo-fi Love Songs (2015)
If you just know Jellyfish Brigade, you might think of Dix as an emcee with a gruff voice and an aggressive sound, and you might have a hard time picturing in your head what he would sound like when he tried a smoother sound. If you’ve listened to any of his other projects, and particularly if you listened to Shut-ins and the Colony before, you know that Dix is a pretty versatile artist on the microphone. When working with producer Ed Curtiss, Dix’s smoother and softer side really come out to shine, and you realize that he's got a great croon to his voice. The EP is meant to evoke some late night, romantic vision of love songs coming across the airwaves, and I totally get that vibe from these four songs. Perhaps it’s because I have a background in college radio, or maybe I’m just a romantic as well, but this EP just immediately clicked with my ears. It really sounds like some great late night music. It’s one of those great listening experiences when all the music sound familiar the first time you listen to it. Curtiss and Dix have great chemistry with each other, and they have a great ear for hooks. They also find that great balance between being accessible and weird, with easy entry points and catchy melodies, but also plenty of depth to reward repeat listens.
Coming in at only four songs, the listen is extremely doable and the relistenability factor is very real. There’s a domestic bliss to the vibe. This is grown people music. Come home, bake some salmon and zucchini, open a bottle of quality wine, and dance with your girl like a real fucking man, boy.
This record is all about escaping to a place where a man can kick up his feet, take a deep breath of freedom, make babies with his li’l momma, and forget all the troubles of a world that never gave much of a shit about him in the first place.